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With an exciting 15th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 16 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron continues to roll. He had 33 catches in his past three games and has seven straight 100-yard games. He’s averaging 147 yards per game during that stretch.
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2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio has three touchdowns in the past two games and nine on the year. He’s peaking at the right time. He’ll go toe to toe with Megatron and the Detroit Lions.
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3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Everybody knows that Brandon Marshall is getting the ball. Just like Megatron, Marshall doesn’t have a wide receiver on his roster to alleviate some of the pressure. It doesn’t matter. Marshall is averaging nearly 100 yards per game with 10 touchdowns. He’ll torch the Arizona Cardinals in the desert.
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4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green has had a little drop-off in recent weeks, but is still averaging 86.3 yards with 11 touchdowns. He has scored in every game he’s faced the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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5. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
I am beyond impressed with Dez. His finger is a mess and he still managed to score a touchdown. That’s eight touchdowns in the past six games. This week he faces the New Orleans Saints, who have allowed 287 yards per game and 27 passing scores.
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6. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
James Jones did the damage with three touchdowns last week, but Cobb had his second straight 100-yard game. He’s a nightmare cover for the Tennessee Titans.
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7. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas had a little hiccup in an otherwise phenomenal year. He should get back on track against the Cleveland Browns.
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8. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
The Minnesota Vikings have improved in their secondary, but Andre Johnson is on fire. He’s averaging 152.6 yards in his past five games.
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9. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs went belly up against the New Orleans Saints, yet V-Jax was able to manage 81 yards. The Bucs should be much-improved this week. Look for V-Jax to turn in another fine performance against the St. Louis Rams.
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10. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Smith is averaging 95.3 yards in this past three games with two touchdowns. The Oakland Raiders have allowed 253.7 yards per game and 25 passing scores.
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11. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon is averaging 85 yards in his past four games with three touchdowns. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 26 passing scores.
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12. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Add Cruz to the list of disappointing Week 15 players. He should rebound against an average Baltimore Ravens defense.
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13. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Welker may not turn in a huge performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he should lay an egg either. The Jags have allowed 246 yards per game and 19 passing scores.
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14. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
Miles has been overshadowed by Dez, but is still a capable WR. He should shine in a shootout with the Saints.
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15. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy showed his toughness by playing through a knee injury. I expect him to feel (and play) much better against the Lions.
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16. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Colston has been a disappointment, averaging 64 yards the past three games without a touchdown. He’s only topped 75 yards twice this year, but he has eight touchdowns. He’s a low upside WR2 at this point, but he shouldn’t leave you high and dry either.
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17. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
Jones could turn in a dud or he could drop multiple touchdowns on the Titans. He’s your high risk/high reward option.
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18. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shorts did not miss a beat coming off his concussion, dropping 101 yards on the Miami Dolphins. He should roll on against the Patriots. They have allowed 270.3 yards per game and 26 passing scores.
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19. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Wallace is averaging 103.5 yards and a touchdown in his past two games. He’s very hot and cold so there is some risk involved in rolling with Wallace against the Bengals.
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20. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks was another Giant that was off in Week 15. He should be better against the Ravens.
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21. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker has received 20 targets in the past two games, converting 16 of them for receptions for 221 yards and a touchdown. He’s a solid WR2 against the Browns.
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22. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
The Seattle Seahawks aren’t an ideal matchup, but Crabtree is hitting his stride. He’s averaging 100.3 yards in his past three games.
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23. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Maclin is averaging 88.5 yards in his past two games. The have allowed 285.3 yards per game and 28 passing scores.
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24. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
Suddenly, Lloyd looks like he’s on the same page with Tom Brady. Lloyd has 279 yards in this past two games and a date with the Jags.
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25. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
Amendola received 12 targets against the Viking. He caught half of them for 58 yards and a score. He should be solid against the Bucs’ terrible pass defense. They have allowed 310.6 yards per game and 27 passing scores.
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26. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon has received 23 targets in the past two games. I expect the Jaguars to attempt a ton of passes this week. Blackmon should get some good garbage points.
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27. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
Britt continues to be the focal point of the Titans’ passing attack. He should be heavily targeted against the Packers.
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28. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
DX did nothing last week. Literally. With a tough matchup against the New York Jets, DX is a scary play this week.
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29. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has become the most reliable option in Indy. He’s averaging 72.2 yards with four touchdowns in his past five games. The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 25 passing scores.
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30. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne is still getting a ton of targets. He just hasn’t been able to capitalize. He’s due for a solid game against the Chiefs.
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31. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Stevie is averaging 79.2 yards in his past six games with two touchdowns in his past three. He’s a solid WR3 against the Miami Dolphins.
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32. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
Moore is averaging 66 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past six games. With Jimmy Graham hurting, Moore is a decent red zone option.
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33. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks
Rice is averaging 59.4 yards with six touchdowns in his past nine games. He faces the 49ers.
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34. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
Hartline is averaging 71.6 yards per game on the year. He’s a solid WR3 against the Bills.
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35. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown has scored in back-to-back games. He had 96 yards in the first meeting with Cincinnati.
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